I understand what you are saying with regard to transubstantiation, but it seems to me that the "different framework of justification that is essentially at odds with what we know of nature" boat has sailed long before you get to it. i.e. belief in transubstantiation does not require any different kind of mental processes than are already in place to cover a host of other issues. It only sticks out because protestantism rejected it, and as such it is marked out as a notable difference. The common ground between them is equally full of incredible things however. It's not like it's all rational except for that wacky transubstantiation stuff.
I understand what you are saying and agree but there is a reason I picked transubstantiation. Many religious phenomena hide behind a wall of being unknowable. e.g. Heaven is something that happens after you die so it is not immediately accessible to anyone. Miracles are always witnessed by third parties but are never available for test. etc. etc.
With TS (i'm sick of typing that word) there is a claim that something that is readily accessible, a wafer/piece of bread has materially changed after a priest consecrates it.
The point is that you can use the same faculties that you use to assess notions of substance in other things to prove that it is still the same thing.
It's one thing making nebulous claims about what happens after we die and the power of prayer and intercession but something that is so obviously nonsensical is worth holding up (excuse the pun!) as being a clear example of the kind of cognitive dissonance that is at play.
Or would that just be spoiling the illusion*?
*Now I know why I was never allowed to stay awake in the sitting room all through Christmas night.
Chaps: Your country needs you.
I don't. I feel kinda sorry for you lost souls/dogs who fret about stuff that should not concern you as you are not RCs in good standing. Believe transubstantiation or life itself is an illusion or a dream heady or otherwise. There is no reason why those who do believe or who choose to believe should care a whit about your idle musings which are, you will agree, 50+ years after Paisley, your main man.
If you want instruction in the catholic faith, there are services available.
For now, suffice it to say for the umpteenth time, the subject of this thread is more fraudulent than your main man believes transubstantiation to be.